We went to the Shanty Grille (formerly Crab Shanty) for Saturday lunch. It's been a landmark in Ellicott City for over 34 years!
I remember my mom telling me that it was well known when she was a kid growing up in Howard County. It still is today.
The decorations seemed old fashion - a cross between antiques and western. Almost everything in sight is made of wood and more wood. For some reason, they had Christmas decorations on the upper walls of the restaurant such as a non-working fire place next to a huge red sleigh, and a miniature train display. Weird since we ate there in March.
|Christmas decorations - huge red sleigh and giant fireplace|
|Maryland Crab Soup|
The Calamari Bowl appetizer is one of the top five best we've ever had. Some calamari can be chewy, but this was soft to the bite. It was fried with a light, crispy batter. It came with two sauces - house marinara & remoulade. We loved the remoulade sauce.
|Basil Chicken Salad|
If you want ketchup, mayo, or mustard with your meal, we recommend you ask for it when you order. We had to request it when the burgers we're served, then we had to wait a long time before the condiments came out.
The Basil Chicken Salad sandwich had the same issue as the burger: the chicken salad tasted good but the bread and the chips were not great.
Lastly, we had to try the Crab Cake sandwich because the restaurant is known for this dish. It didn't disappoint. While it wasn't the best one we've had, it was well seasoned and full of crab meat. It was served with asparagus and baked potato.
There are a lot of dishes we didn't try that sounded good like the Coca-Cola Ribs, Shanty Cuban, Smoked Carolina BBQ and Coconut Chicken bites.
Let us know if you try any of these dishes or other menu items.